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Will Orpik be worth the $5.5 million cap hit he’ll carry in the final year of his five-year contract at the age of 39? Probably not. But the Caps are convinced he will make a very big impact on this year’s club and make them a legitimate threat in the playoffs.
-Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington on defenseman Brooks Orpik. Read more on Orpik from Gormley....
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
The money ($27.5 million) raised plenty of eyebrows. So did the contract’s length (five years). But inside the organization, General Manager Brian MacLellan and Coach Barry Trotz have stood firm on their opinion that Orpik patches a blue-line hole for the Capitals, lauding the veteran’s intangibles for support.
“I know that Mac’s taken some heat on that,” Trotz said. “One of the things you get, and it’s most common, everybody looks at the points and says Brooks Orpik doesn’t have great points, so why are you paying him that? The things that Brooks Orpik does, you can’t put a value on.”...
“To me, it’s a commitment of ownership and the team saying, you know what, we’re in a good window here, let’s get the players that we want, not the players that we have to settle for, and get him because he can have an effect,” Trotz said. “And the effect is going to be in goals and assists. It’s going to be in culture and winning and attitude. And that’s what Brooks Orpik does. I listen to some of the stuff. Everybody has their opinion. They can have their opinion. It really doesn’t matter. It’s what we need, what we feel they need.”
Ken Daneyko appeared on the NHL Live on Wednesday afternoon, and he made some surprising remarks.
As far as Daneyko is concerned, Matt Niskanen may turn out to be some team's modern-day version of the Rangers signing Bobby Holik to a $9 million-a-season contract as a 3rd-liner--Daneyko believes that Niskanen is not necessarily a top-two defenseman, and he feels that someone is going to overpay significantly for Niskanen having a career year. He suggests that, "Just because other teams sign outrageous contracts, it doesn't mean you should," so he feels $5-6 million is too much for Niskanen...
Daneyko also suggests that Brooks Orpik is a "complementary" stay-at-home, physical defenseman, not a puck-mover, and he wonders how much Orpik "has left in the tank" (as such, Daneyko feels that Orpik's health = term is a concern);
Updated 2x at 9:19 PM: Paul did a helluva job of covering the "gist" of the GM's meetings, but here are some items that I noticed on Twitter and feel merit mentioning, starting with Craig Custance's chat with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman...
In Penguins and Maple Leafs news, from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...
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George here on the late shift. I'm getting ready to wake up a little bit early to watch Wings players take part in the World Championships, which begin on Friday. The European press tends to look at the NHL playoffs from a rather Machiavellian perspective--sometimes actively rooting against the teams whose players include important national team contributors--and as such, I had one thought as Evgeni Malkin's 1-0 goal slithered past a goaltender who's more or less been left to his devices in Henrik Lunqvist:
"[Team Sweden coach and GM] Par Marts must be watching this game thinking, 'I can get Henke to Minsk by Sunday!'"
The Penguins defeated Lundqvist's Rangers 4-2, taking a 3-games-to-none series lead, and while the Penguins lost Brooks Orpik's services, the Rangers' combination of struggling stars on offense and a sometimes-shaky defense reminds me of--dare I say it?--the Wings-Bruins series.
By Tom Murray,
A few thoughts in the wake of what was the major topic of discussion early this week—the hit on Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews by Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Predictably, there were opposing reactions to the hit, all of which can be summed up by the opinions of two well-known hockey pundits.
Greg Wyshynski, aka “Puck Daddy” at yahoo.com, delivered an impassioned defense:
“It was a hellacious check by one of the NHL’s best hitters,” he wrote, “injuring one of the NHL’s best players. Was it headhunting? No. Was it a defender taking liberties with an opponent? No, unless we’ve redefined any hard check in the game as ‘borderline.’”
An interesting take, and one that completely avoided the fact that we’re not talking about just any hardnosed player who delivered the hit, but Orpik, a player whose shady reputation precedes him, a point that was thoroughly covered by Mike Milbury on NBCSN after the game.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
As he lay crumpled on the ice following a devastating hit by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, Jonathan Toews uttered something apparently unprintable, got to his feet and skated off to the bench, clutching his left arm with his right. He sat on the bench, hunched over in pain a couple of times, then got up again and left for the dressing room.
The question now is, when will he come back?
Already without one of the top offensive players in the world in Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks might have lost one of the most irreplaceable players in the world, too. Toews left the Hawks’ 4-1 loss to the Penguins with about 6:30 left in the second period, and didn’t return.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville deemed him “day to day,” but said he’d know more on Monday.
“I don’t think it’s serious,” he said.
continued and watch the hockey hit below...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
"I was going down. I was in vulnerable position. He gave me an extra shove which made me pick up speed going into the boards," said Neil.
"That's the way he plays, he plays a physical game. I wouldn't expect anything less."...
"Playoff hockey your intensity is high out there. You finish checks," said Neil. "Put it this way, I wouldn't have done that to him to put him in that situation. I'm lucky I'm no worse for wear and I'll keep going."
Told of Neil's remarks, Orpik fired back and thought that was pretty rich coming from Neil.
"My response is (that's) very laughable coming from him. I thought it was a pretty harmless play," said Orpik. "I didn't even know he didn't return. He's done his fair share of things to me and everybody else in here.
"We all know how he plays, and he's a guy who plays hard and he's a competitive guy. Everybody knows how he plays. He's out there to agitate and I don't have much to say about it. He gets away with a lot, let's put it that way."
Watch the hit below Tortorella is referring to. Brroks Orpik did get 5 for kneeing and a game.
... and he can go airborne, just like Daniel Paille did when hit by Brooks Orpik today.
Orpik received two for interference and Skinner did return to the game.
The animated .gif below tells it all.
Now Orpik was hurt, came back with stiches above the nose area, but I don’t think the damage was done by Hamonic.
The gif was posted at HFBoards by a user named HookeyPookey.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Brooks Orpik, in his first public statements regarding the accusation from Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher he either poked or gouged the eyes of ightning star Steven Stamkos, called the accusation “disappointing and childish.”
“It’s disappointing,” Orpik told the St. Petersburg Times and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after the Penguins’ morning skate before Wednesday’s Game 7 at the Consol Energy Center. “I didn’t hear about it until this morning. It’s disappointing. You try to play against their skill guys as hard as you can, try to make it miserable for them. But it’s kind of a childish accusation, kind of a little wrestling match on the ground with a couple of headlocks. I don’t know where that came from.”
The alleged incident took place early in the third period of Monday’s Game 6 during a scrum in front of the Penguins net. Stamkos came out of the pile “fired up,” as he has said, and still was clearly agitated after the game. There was no penalty on the play, and Stamkos did not immediately address the confrontation, though Boucher said he saw it. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman indicated he spoke to the league about the incident, but the league took no action.
via Rob Rossi of Chipped Ice,
Coach Dan Bylsma will provide more details after practice, but GM Ray Shero said today he expects D Brooks Orpik to “be out a while,” adding that “we expect him back this season.” Orpik injured his right arm—likes his hand—when he absorbed a shot from Sharks C Patrick Marleau Wednesday night in a home overtime loss.
In the first period of the game between Detroit and Pittsburgh….
18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Kneeing (maj) - 5 min
18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Fighting (maj) - 5 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Instigator - 2 min
18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Game misconduct - 0 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Misconduct (10 min) - 0 min
Franzen stayed on the ice for some time before skating off, but no updated report yet.
added 8:06pm, Franzen not on the bench for the start of the 2nd period.
added 8:31pm, from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen suffered a charley horse late in the first period of tonight’s exhibition opener at Pittsburgh and will miss the rest of the game.
from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,
Another day, another injury. Or so it seems for the Penguins these days.
In the team’s most recent health setback, it was announced Thursday that defenseman Brooks Orpik will be out of the lineup for the next two weeks with a lower-body injury.
“He’s got a two-week injury, lower body,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We were excited that he was doing better than we feared. He’s doing well. We got some good news and he’ll hopefully be around 14 days.”
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Orpik’s agent, Lewis Gross, would not say Wednesday if the Penguins have presented a contract offer. However, indications are the club will soon make a formal offer, if it has not already.
Many around the NHL believe Orpik could command offers of $4 million annually from other teams. He is thought to be willing to give the Penguins a so-called “hometown discount” if they provide him a long-term deal.
From Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers in the Columbus Dispatch,
The Pittsburgh Penguins won’t be able to keep their Stanley Cup runner-up club together because of salary cap issues. It looks like the Blue Jackets are prepared to offer a helping hand.
The two clubs have had preliminary trade talks, the Dispatch has learned. The discussions have involved Pittsburgh trading the rights to one or two of their pending unrestricted free agents—players the Penguins have decided they can’t keep because of the salary cap—to the Blue Jackets for draft pick or player compensation.
It’s unclear who the players are, but Ryan Malone and Brooks Orpik seem like logical choices.
From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,
...there is a brewing problem between coach Michel Therrien and some of his players—a number of them despise playing for him.
No one will choose the Stanley Cup final as a forum to call out their coach but there are far too many whispers out there that too many players can’t stand working for—or with—Therrien.
If that isn’t an issue to be dealt with immediately, it is certainly something that will grow with time. Brooks Orpik, the free agent defenceman who will be coveted by many teams after July 1, has told people he will not re-sign in Pittsburgh if Therrien is the coach. Jordan Staal, the terrific young player who lives in the shadow of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin—but is poised to bust out as one of the most complete centres in hockey—is another Therrien complainer.
Update 1:01pm ET: Interview with Ryan Whitney & Brooks Orpik now added below.
Q. What do you feel like you did better in Game 3 than you had done in the previous two games, and what do you feel like you have to do better still in Game 4?
ADAM HALL: Well, I think we were just able to do a better job limiting our turnovers and forechecking, and I think that was kind of a key to help creating more offense for us.
MAXIME TALBOT: Yeah, we made some little adjustments. And obviously I think that the desperation in and the crowd got us going. Yes, we had a little slow start, but I think after that yesterday it was a cliche but we talked about getting the first goal, and that was huge for us. And we got it, and it was a different game for us. Because it’s easier to play, when you play against the Detroit Red Wings and they have the lead, it’s kind of hard to come back because they’re so smart and experienced.